Tag Archives: 3D animation

First 3D Animation Made Entirely From Water Droplets

Milo Motion Control Rig

What happens when you take half a ton of suspended water, 2,048 nozzle switches (that are millisecond accurate), a motion control rig, motion capture and large flash bulbs? The first 3D animation made entirely from water droplets!

The video was directed by Cole Paviour and produced by Unit 9 for Gatorade’s new ‘Active Water’ commercial. The vision was to capture real water droplets and simulate them in different sporting ways. This involved creating a stop-motion 3D liquid printer that took motion capture data of a person and printed it life-size frame by frame. Machine Shop built the 3D water rig and athletes were used with motion capture to simulate real-life movement.

With the water drops falling, flash lighting was then required to illuminate and “suspend” the water droplets in mid-air. Finally, our Milo motion control rig provided both the means of adding camera movement around the water animation as well as synchronising all the different elements (water, flash, camera) using our Flair software. All this had to be done with millimetre and microsecond accuracy for every single frame.

The result is a beautiful one of a kind piece, which has already won a Golden Lion at Cannes. Click below for BTS.

For more information on the Milo motion control rig, click here

Creating stereoscopic & stop-motion effects with the S3 Stepper

For Mikael Ohlson, a stop-motion animator, creating stereoscopic 3D and stop-motion is something he has always loved to do. His recent project titled Wolfie’s two magic words is a fine example of his work, and you can watch the videos below.

He used MRMC’s S3 stepper rig to create the video and commented “it is the ideal choice when it comes to combining the two. The installation of the rig is very quick and easy, and the S3 is also very reliable using Dragonframe software”.

The short film consists of 1,124 individual frames for each eye -meaning the rig had to slide from left to right 1,124 times. Mikael commented, “By using the S3 stepper rig, I never encountered any problems with it whatsoever”. 

For previous work Mikael used a manual rig that he designed and built, where he would have to step over or around lights, cables and tripods to access the rig in order to slide it from its left position to the right for every single frame. In Wolfie's two magic words Mikael worked with three different characters that acted simultaneously and it was crucial to keep 100% focused on the animation. In some of the trickier parts of the sequence it could take up to one hour to shoot one frame of animation, so working with a rig that could accurately and smoothly slide itself from side to side saved lots of time, as well as preventing any accidental shifting of the camera position too far over.

“Personally I think a lot of movies that are made in 3D could take much more advantage of the 3D effect than what they currently do, so I like to make it a ‘Wow – experience’ to watch my 3D material, and I want people to take notice of the outstanding 3D as much as my smooth stop-motion” Mikael comments. See his animation video Wolfie’s two magic words below.

For more information on the S3 Stereoscopic Stepper click here

Screen shot

Screen Shot 2


Head Office (UK)


+44 (0)1342 838000


+44 (0)1342 838001


+44 (0)1342 838015

Rental — Out of hours

+44 (0)7447 067313




Unit 3, South East Studios
Eastbourne Road
Blindley Heath
United Kingdom

VAT: GB 200-0201-71

Head Office (USA)


(610) 220-3862




Tom Landsmann

Philadelphia, PA